7 Non Sweet Cocktails that are Sweet Enough for You!

7 Best Non Sweet Cocktails

As a bartender, I've seen it all when it comes to cocktails. From sweet and fruity to bitter and boozy, there's a drink for every taste bud out there.

However, I've noticed a trend lately – more and more customers are asking for non-sweet cocktails.

At first, I was a bit surprised. After all, sweet drinks have always been a staple in the cocktail world.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that non-sweet cocktails can actually be quite refreshing and satisfying.

So, I set out on a mission to find the best non-sweet cocktail recipes out there. And let me tell you, there are some real gems.

From herbaceous and savory to tangy and spicy, there's a non-sweet cocktail for every palate.

In this blog post, I'll be sharing some of my favorite non-sweet cocktail recipes.

Whether you're a seasoned cocktail connoisseur or just looking to switch up your usual drink order, I guarantee there's something here for you. So, grab a shaker and let's get mixing!

1. Blood Orange Gin Sour

Blood Orange Gin Sour

The Blood Orange Gin Sour is a refreshing and visually stunning cocktail that is perfect for Valentine's Day or any occasion that calls for a non-sweet drink. Made with gin, blood orange juice, and aquafaba (a vegan alternative to egg whites), this cocktail is topped with a beautiful foam that adds a velvety texture to each sip.

The addition of El Guapo Love Potion #9 bitters gives the foam a lovely floral aroma and taste, making it a perfect choice for a romantic evening. Overall, the Blood Orange Gin Sour is a must-try for anyone looking for a unique and delicious non-sweet cocktail.

2. Boulevardier


The Boulevardier is a twist on the classic Negroni, with whiskey replacing gin, resulting in a more robust taste profile. The herbal notes of vermouth and Campari remain, making it a perfect balance of bitter and sweet.

With just three ingredients, it's easy to make and customize according to your whiskey preferences. Garnished with a simple orange peel, the Boulevardier is a perfect cocktail to sip on any occasion.

3. Purple Gin + Tonics

Purple Gin + Tonics

The Purple Gin + Tonics is a perfect Halloween cocktail that will add a spooky touch to any party. The cocktail is made with four simple ingredients, including tonic water, gin, lime, and acai powder, which gives it a bright purple color. The acai powder is not only responsible for the color but also adds nutrients to the cocktail.

This cocktail is easy to make and can be pre-shaken and served later. The smoking effect can be added by using a chunk of dry ice. The Purple Gin + Tonics is a great addition to any Halloween party, and it is sure to impress your guests with its unique color and taste.

4. Gin and Tonic

Gin And Tonic

Gin and Tonic is a classic cocktail that is easy to make with only three ingredients: gin, tonic water, and lime juice. It has a strong and bitter taste, making it perfect for those who prefer non-sweet cocktails.

The drink is refreshing and low in calories, making it a healthier option. It is a great drink for parties or to enjoy on a hot summer day. If you are a fan of gin, then you should definitely give the gin and tonic a try.

5. The Aficionado Cocktail

The Aficionado Cocktail

The Aficionado Cocktail is a sophisticated gin and dry vermouth cocktail that is perfect for those who prefer non-sweet cocktails. This cocktail is a twist on the classic dirty martini, with the herbal and slightly astringent qualities of gin and dry vermouth perfectly complementing the thyme and lemon.

The name itself, "Aficionado," suggests a level of knowledge and enthusiasm, which is fitting for this cocktail that is sure to impress any cocktail connoisseur. Whether you're a fan of classic or modern cocktails, The Aficionado is a must-try.

6. Elderflower Martini

Elderflower Martini

The Elderflower Martini is a refreshing twist on the classic Gin Martini. It combines the herbaceous notes of gin with the full-bodied sweetness of St-Germain Elderflower liqueur and the bright tartness of lime juice.

The small amount of vermouth adds a hint of bitterness that rounds out all the other flavors. This drink is slightly more tart than sweet, making it a perfect choice for those who prefer non-sweet cocktails.

7. Red Moon Over Manhattan Cocktail

Red Moon Over Manhattan Cocktail

The Red Moon Over Manhattan Cocktail is a unique twist on the classic Manhattan cocktail. This cocktail is made with red wine and bourbon, giving it a sophisticated and smooth taste. It is garnished with orange peel and a maraschino cherry, adding a touch of sweetness to the drink.

The stunning color of the cocktail is sure to catch the eye of any guest at a party or gathering. With less than 150 calories per drink, it is a guilt-free option for those watching their calorie intake. This cocktail is perfect for cozy nights at home or for serving at a fall-themed party. If you're a fan of bourbon, this cocktail is a must-try.